Human(s) caused Waldo Canyon fire, police assert
Law enforcement officials now are certain the Waldo Canyon Fire was human-caused. Also, they suggest that it started the day before it became widely visible June 23. However, authorities still cannot say if it was set by an arsonist and have made no arrests.
A Colorado Springs Police press release states: “Initial reports of smoke were received on the evening of Friday, June 22, 2012. There was a fire ban in effect at that time. While we will not provide an exact point of origin, we can say that it is within three miles of the Waldo Canyon Trailhead [near Cascade].
“The investigation into the origin and cause has concluded that the Waldo Canyon Fire was 'human caused,' but the investigation has yet to determine if it was accidental or intentional.”
This information was announced by Colorado Springs Police Sept. 12. The investigation has included multiple agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service.
The fire burned more than 18,000 acres - mostly forest land except for 382 homes that were destroyed or damaged in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood - and forced evacuations of hundreds of Westside households.
The investigation is continuing. Nearly 400 tips have been received, and more are welcome. The numbers to call are 444-7000 or 634-7867 (Crimestoppers). “You do not have to give your name and could earn a cash reward,” the press release states.
From a press release